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Calhoun County Alabama

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Calhoun County is a county in the east central part of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 118,572. Its county seat is Anniston. Calhoun County is home to two major military installations, the now-decommissioned Fort McClellan and Anniston Army Depot.

 

Calhoun County Alabama History

During the territorial period, the county was home to the Creek and Cherokee Indians. In 1813, the county was the site of one of the first battles of the Creek War of 1813-1814 when Gen. Andrew Jackson ordered Gen. John Coffee to destroy the Creek town of Tallasseehatchee, located in the present-day community of Alexandria.

Calhoun County was created by legislative act on December 18, 1832. The county was initially named Benton County in honor of Missouri senator Thomas Hart Benton, an arch defender of westward expansion and slavery. After Benton declared himself an opponent of slavery in the 1850s, Alabama supporters of slavery voted to change the county’s name to Calhoun in honor of radical secessionist John C. Calhoun.

In 1917, the U.S. War Department established Camp McClellan to train soldiers for World War I. In 1929, the army changed the name to Fort McClellan, and in 1940 the first of approximately 500,000 World War II soldiers arrived for training. In addition to Fort McClellan, the War Department also added the Anniston Army Depot in 1940.
 

Calhoun County Alabama History

Anniston, Alabama

Anniston, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is the county seat for Calhoun County. Founded in 1872 and incorporated as a city in 1879, Anniston was a company town, built by the Woodstock Iron Company. In fact, the town was not opened for general settlement until 1883. Anniston was the first city in Alabama to be lighted with electricity in 1882.

Glencoe, Alabama

Glencoe is located in southern Etowah and northern Calhoun counties in the northeast section of the state, bordering the city of Gadsden. Glencoe began as a farming community. The community began to grow after a rock quarry located in the area in 1853 and began to build around the Louisville and Nashville Railroad that also had come through the area.

Jacksonville, Alabama

Jacksonville was founded in 1833 on land purchased from Creek Indian Chief “Du-Hoag” Ladiga. First called Drayton, the town was renamed to honor President Andrew Jackson in 1834. There are a couple Civil War monuments in town, including a statue of Major John Pelham in the city cemetery and a statue of a Confederate soldier in the middle of the square. Jacksonville served as the county seat for Calhoun County until the 20th century when it moved to Anniston. Jacksonville State University was founded here in 1883.

Oxford, Alabama

Founded in the early 1850s, Oxford was the first city in Calhoun County to be incorporated, in 1852. The name “Oxford” was due to the presence of a narrow crossing of Chocolocco Creek that allowed farmers to ford cattle from one side of the creek to the other. 

Oxford, Alabama Public Library
Oxford, Alabama Performing Arts Center

Piedmont, Alabama

Piedmont is a city in Calhoun and Cherokee counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. Piedmont is located primarily in Calhoun County, although part of the city also is located in Cherokee County, in the northeast part of the state.  The population was 4,878 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Anniston-Oxford, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area now known as Piedmont is a community that began in the early 1840s, located at the crossroads of two early post roads. Major Jacob Forney Dailey of North Carolina came to Alabama in 1848 and bought land in present-day Piedmont. Major Dailey named the area Cross Plains, and an official post office with that name was established on September 22, 1851.

The Chief Ladiga Trail, part of the longest paved bicycle trail in the nation, runs through Piedmont.

Southside, Alabama

Weaver, Alabama

Calhoun County Alabama Towns

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Ohatchee, Alabama

Calhoun County Alabama Courthouse

The Calhoun County Courthouse is a historic county courthouse in Anniston, Alabama. It was designed by Atlanta architect J. W. Golucke and built in 1900, when the county seat of Calhoun County was moved from Jacksonville. It is one of the earliest Neoclassical courthouses in Alabama. An annex with a jail was added on the north side of the building in 1924. The courthouse was rebuilt after a 1931 fire, albeit with a slightly different clock tower. 

Calhoun County Alabama Jail

Sheriff Matthew Wade

Sheriff Matthew Wade
400 West 8th Street
Anniston, Alabama 36201
(256)-236-5561

Jail Administrator, Eric Starr
(256)-241-8023

Calhoun County Alabama Links

Calhoun County Alabama Map

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Calhoun County Alabama

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Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge: 33.708276, -85.792290
Anniston Alabama: 33.663003, -85.826664
Glenco: 33.953148, -85.935868
Oxford AL: 33.596944, -85.838611
Piedmont AL: 33.926111, -85.613056
Southside AL: 33.903597, -86.026105
Tooktocaugee AL: 36.135000, -81.677800
Minden AL: 33.702222, -86.106111
Tooktocaugee AL: 33.693159, -85.698573
Anniston Museum of Natural History: 33.769444, -85.820833
Boundary Line Bison Ranch: 32.834722, -86.633333
Cherokee Rock Village: 34.213159, -85.798389
Choccolocco Mountain Off-Road Vehicle Park: 33.811500, -85.741500
Civilian Marksmanship Program: 33.627533, -85.794222
Anniston Army Depot: 33.650000, -85.975000
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Anniston Alabama

Anniston has a population of 23,106. The city is the county seat of Calhoun County and one of two urban centers/principal cities of and included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Named "The Model City" by Atlanta newspaperman Henry W. Grady for its careful planning in the late 19th century, the city is situated on the slope of Blue Mountain.

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Anniston Army Depot
Phone: (256) 235-7445
DSN: 571-4874

Located in Bynum, Alabama, Anniston Army Depot is one of the major facilities run and operated by the US Army, It is responsible for multiple depot operations, such as repairing various vehicles or storing chemical weapons. The depot covers more than 65 square km and hosts over 2,000 employees on site. Although it has the capacity to repair a lot of different vehicles, including tanks, its primary mission has always been to store weapons and ammunition. When it comes to chemical weapons, you can count mustard gas, the VX nerve agent or even Sarin. There are only seven depots that can host chemical weapons in the United States of America and this is one of them.

Credit: militarybases.com

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Anniston Museum of Natural History

The Anniston Museum of Natural History is a museum in Lagarde Park, Anniston, Alabama, exhibiting more than 2,000 natural history items on permanent display, including minerals, fossils, and rare animals in open dioramas.

800 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL
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Boundary Line Bison Ranch

Owners: DJ White & Mischa Shape Sales & Marketing: Audrey Smith Serving the Southeast with "America's Original Red Meat." Grass-fed/pastured, American Bison raised on a private ranch in Calhoun County, Alabama. Processed at a USDA certified plant. For more information, a list of our current inventory, or to place your order, call us at 256-447-8811 or email BoundaryLineBison@gmail.com CALL BEFORE YOU HEAD OUR WAY TO ENSURE WE ARE HERE!!!!

1330 Piedmont Cutoff Rd, Piedmont, Alabama
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Cherokee Rock Village

This rock outcropping atop Lookout Mountain has been known by many names over the years including Cherokee Rock Village, Little Rock City, Sand Rock and Sandrock. It is believed to have been of ceremonial importance to Native Americans. The view of Weiss Lake and the surrounding area is spectacular. Cherokee Rock Village has been popular with rock climbers since the early 1970s even before there was a road to the site. Just as with Cornwall Furnace, the society pushed for years to get the site turned into a public park.

County Road 70, Leesburg, AL, USA
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Choccolocco Mountain Off-Road Vehicle Park

Choccolocco Mountain is located in Jacksonville, Alabama, just one mile off Hwy 21.  Restaurants and hotels, and many other aminities are only minutes away. Any type of off road vehicle is welcome, including: ATV’s, side by sides, dirt bikes, four wheel drives, rail buggies, and rock crawlers. The park is 450 acres of forest covered mountains with a vast trail system. A Stock four-wheel drive vehicle is capable of traveling throughout the entire park on the easy roads. There are also moderate to extreme trails for the more advanced vehicles. Some of the most extreme off road obstacles in the southeast are located right here in Jacksonville, AL.

1310 Louise Drive Southeast, Jacksonville, AL, USA
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Civilian Marksmanship Program

Since marksmanship training is a key component of the CMP's mission, there are many opportunities for experienced shooters and instructors to receive advanced training in marksmanship so it may be passed on to beginners and aspiring competitors.

1470 Sentinel Drive, Anniston, Alabama, USA
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Glenco
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Minden AL

Minden is a ghost town in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States. It possessed a post office from 1878 to 1879.

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Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
Fort McClellan, AL 36205, United States
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Oxford AL
Oxford is a city in Calhoun and Talladega counties at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Oxford's souther border is on the Talladega National Forest.
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Piedmont AL
Piedmont is a city in Calhoun and Cherokee counties.Communities include Spring Garden, Rock Run, Knighten's Crossroads and Nance's Creek.

Piedmont is home to the Chief Ladiga Trail. The Seaboard/CSX Railroad was converted into a recreational bike and walking trail as a non-motorized way to travel, exercise, and relax while enjoying the outdoors. The Chief Ladiga Trail and the Silver Comet Trail stretch nearly 100 miles (161 km) from Anniston to Atlanta, making it the second longest paved trail in the United States(longest being the Paul Bunyan in Minnesota).

Hundreds of cyclists from more than 20 states participate in the Cheaha Challenge every year. The "Toughest Ride in the South" is a recreational bicycle ride that has been moved to Anniston, AL from Piedmont's Civic Center. The ride follows the Appalachian Highlands Scenic Byway then ends at the top of Cheaha Mountain, Alabama's highest point. The Cheaha Challenge was selected as a Top 10 Event in the State of Alabama by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel.
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Southside AL
Southside AL is a city in Etowah and Calhoun counties. At the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the city was formed in 1850 by the joining of townships Green Valley, Cedar Bend and Pilgrims Rest.
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Tooktocaugee AL

Tooktocaugee was formerly the site of a Creek Indian village.

Tooktocaugee was an unincorporated community in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States.

Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States of America
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Tooktocaugee AL

Tooktocaugee was formerly the site of a Creek Indian village.

Tooktocaugee was an unincorporated community in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States.

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